Movie Night: ‘Behind the Curve’

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About Simons Foundation Presents
A free event series, Simons Foundation Presents aims to create a space for conversations about science and its broader societal and cultural relevance. Each event pairs one of our 200 researchers with special guests to discuss the intersection of their work. Afterwards, we invite everyone in the audience to continue the conversation together over refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.
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The world is flat. The idea may seem ludicrous in an era of satellites, space stations and modern science, but over the last few years, a growing community has emerged known as Flat Earthers. This group rejects the very notion of a spherical planet, and they’re not joking or orchestrating an elaborate hoax. They’re serious.

Behind the Curve provides a peek into the world of Flat Earthers. In the film, proponents share their reasoning and discuss their experimental approaches to proving their world view. Scientists and professional science communicators, including astronaut Scott Kelly, give their take on the flat Earth conspiracy and discuss the current scientific views on conspiracies and the possible consequences of a lack of critical thinking in society.

The film was directed by Daniel J. Clark, produced by Caroline Clark and produced and edited by Nick Andert.


5:30 – 6:00 pm Doors open
6:00 – 6:05 pm Introduction, Sarah Pearson, Astrophysicist, CCA, Flatiron Institute; Science Communicator, Space with Sarah
6:05 – 7:40 pm Behind the Curve documentary
7:40 – 7:50 pm Q&A
7:50 – 9:00 pm Refreshment

Registration is required for this free event.

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